Adelaide councils engage in e-truck trial


A trial of an electric waste collection truck has begun as part of a joint-council waste contract between City of Adelaide, City of Port Adelaide Enfield, City of Charles Sturt and City of Marion and Cleanaway.

Adelaide councils engage in e-truck trial
Modified Dennis trucks will test if electric garbage trucks are feasible

The trial will investigate how feasible the electric vehicle is under actual operating conditions whist maintaining a consistent and reliable service. The trial will help the Councils determine how we might transition to electric waste collection trucks in Adelaide, as the technology matures.

The truck used for the trial is a modified 2018 Dennis Eagle truck, with side loader.


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It is expected to run for 120 kilometres on active duty before needing to recharge. The truck will be charged overnight for approximately 10 hours and will take place at Cleanaway’s depot in Port Adelaide. Its actual driving range will depend on the terrain, number of stops and driving style. As well as charging from a power point, the truck captures energy from braking and stores it in a battery to power the electric motor.

According to the councils the benefits of the trial include zero greenhouse gas emissions from the tailpipe under actual operating conditions, the quiet nature of an electrically propelled truck saying that if the trial is successful it will significantly reduce noise, making early morning or late-night collections possible, helping ease street congestion.

Since the South Australia electricity grid now has over 50% renewable electricity supply, and is heading towards 100%, the switch to electric vehicles is a key component of a low-carbon future.

"The trial of a new electric waste truck is a fantastic initiative, and it is an example of how Councils can work together to address climate change and improve sustainability across metropolitan Adelaide," says Adelaide lord mayor Sandy Verschoor.

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